Plainfield students displaced until after December break following overnight school fire


Students at Plainfield Memorial School will have to start the school year in another location following an overnight fire.

Around 11:55 P.M. on Tuesday night the Plainfield Fire Department responded to a fire alarm activation. Upon further investigation an active fire was found in a few administrative rooms that were centrally located on the 2nd floor.

All visible fire was knocked down close to 1 A.M. No injuries were reported from this incident. Several local fire departments responded to this fire. 

On Wednesday afternoon, in a statement released on behalf of the Plainfield Board of Education Chairperson Christi Haskell, officials said damage may exceed $1 million and students will need to attend classes at an alternate facility until after December break.

The cause of the fire is unknown. The Plainfield Fire Marshall’s Office and the Plainfield Police Department, are working with Connecticut State Police Fire and Explosion. 

On Wedenesday morning, Plainfield Superintendent Kenneth DiPietro issued the following statement:

At present we are assessing damage. It appears that the damage due to fire water and soot to 12-15 rooms will require months for recovery. As well a 20′ section of roof was damaged. We need assessment to determine a reopening date. We are immediately researching an interim facility to open school.

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